Lessons on waiting from our German Shepherd


Lamentations 3:25 “The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the person who seeks Him.”

Times of waiting are just a part of life. No matter who you are or what you are doing, there will always come a time when something in your life ends and you are forced to wait for something new to start. It is not always a comfortable process, but we would do well to master it.

I wish I could be more like our German Shepherd, Cherokee. No, I don’t want to sleep in a cage or smell like she does when she’s been out in the rain. But I would love to have her ability to trust her master.

Over the past number of years Cherokee and I have developed a game. We love to take walks together. While I enjoy the exercise and the scenery, she investigate the smells and sounds all along the road. But every walk finally comes to an end. When we reach our lane I ask her to sit and stay while I remove her leash. She sits quietly focusing her big brown eyes on me, and waits. Sometimes I will walk away. Sometimes I will circle around her. Sometimes I will just stand still. But no matter what, her eyes remain intently focused on my every move. She is waiting patiently with every muscle tense and ready for my signal.

After a few moments I stretch out my hand and say, “Go!” Without any hesitation she is off like a shot, racing full speed down the lane towards the house. And every time I am amazed at her willingness to trustingly wait for my word.

I so wish I could be like this when it comes to waiting for the Lord. Recently an important and fulfilling activity in my life came to an end. It is again time for me to listen for God to show me what’s next. Unlike Cherokee I so often fret and rack my brain trying to understand the delay or conjure up the next move, when all God wants me to do is fix my eyes intently on Him and wait for the signal.

Times of waiting can be times of rest. They can be times of getting some necessary jobs finished so we are unhindered when a new opportunity comes. But all during these days or months or years we must be focused on God and ready to go at a moment’s notice.

I am not sure what is next for me. One enjoyable and pleasant walk is over. It is time to sit and stay with muscles tense and ready while I focus my eyes on my faithful Master. I want to be ready to take off like a shot when I hear His voice give the command, “Go!”

Are you in a time of waiting? Take a lesson from Cherokee. Wait patiently. The Lord is good to those who wait for Him. — Love Mama


By Sandra Sheridan

Sandra Sheridan is a Midwest wife and mother of five. She shares her letters to her children with our readers. Visit her at www.VersesFromMama.com.

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